Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Good Shepherd (2006)


DeNiro is certainly a heavyweight when it comes to film in general, and his previous directorial feature, 1993's A Bronx Tale, was a classic piece of storytelling. But without decent material, I get the feeling that the actor/director/producer wouldn't be able to do much more than stare blankly into space. A reporter covering the Tribeca Film Festival once asked him how he thought aliens landing in New York would react to the event and all he could say was "I'm not good at questions like that". Anyway, there is decent material here, but it makes for somewhat less than compelling cinema. In fact, Francis Ford Coppola was originally slated to direct but dropped out, complaining that he couldn't relate to the characters and found them unemotional. I like a slow burner as much as the next person, but this one would work better as an abridged dinnertime story told by your uncle instead of a nearly-3-hour epic.

4 comments:

Dave said...

You are probably right about the length, but I really liked this one. I do happen to like the slow and methodical movies though.

996 said...

你要保守你的心,勝過保守一切,因為一生的果效是由心發出..................................................

九份 said...

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.............................................

scituate said...

Yeah, you got off cheap (or something like that).